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UCC General Synod Comes to Neighboring Florida Conference 

The bi-annual national gathering of the United Church of Christ, General Synod, will gather in Tampa, Florida, 
July 1^* through the 5*^, and over 45 people from the Southeast Conference will be attending as visitors and in 
official capacities. The Southeast Conference has seven delegates. Other delegates from our Conference 
serving on the Boards of Covenant Ministries of the UCC will be 
attending as well. The Conference is proud that "one of our own," 
Elizabeth Clement, a member of First Congregational UCC, Atlanta, 
will be preaching at the closing worship service of General Synod. 




Link here for more information on the Synod event and list of 
delegates. 



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Introducing the New Members of the Southeast Conference Board of Directors 

At our 201 1 , Annual Meeting the Conference elected a number of people to the Board of Directors. The new 
members reflect the growing diversity of the conference in many ways including geography, gender, race, 
orientation, age, the newness of their congregation to the UCC, and other factors. We are delighted to welcome 
the following people to our Board: 

I Jennifer Spears: Jennifer was elected secretary of the board. She is a member of a 
newly affiliated church. Garden of Grace UCC, Columbia, SC. She has recently been 
licensed for ministry there, and is working alongside of the pastor, Andy Sidden. 



Jimmy Loyless: Elected treasurer, Jimmy and his wife Beth are long time members of 
the United Church of Christ. Jimmy is a member of Pilgrimage UCC, Marietta, GA. He 
I has recently retired from working with the FDIC. 
Chris Lyman-Waldron: Chris is the pastor of Praxis UCC, Atlanta. Chris was elected to 



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serve as the Southeast Conference representative on the Board of the Covenanted Ministry Justice and Witness 

Ministry. 

Jeremy Rich: Jeremy, who has served as a General Synod delegate before this, is the pastor of Bethany 

Congregational UCC, Thomasville, GA. He is a participant in TAP. 

Carrole l\/loss: Carrole, a longtime member of the UCC who came to the South from Connecticut, is a member of 

Victory for the World UCC, Stone Mountain. She also serves on the Committee on Ministry of the Georgia South 

Carolina Association and is a graduate of TAP. 

Leslie Etheredge: Leslie is the associate pastor at Church of the Savior, Knoxville. 

Jennifer Austin: Jennifer is the volunteer coordinator and administrator at Holy Trinity Community UCC, 

Nashville. 

Angela Balfour Franklin: A member of First Congregational Christian UCC, Birmingham, Angela works for the 

Birmingham News, and recently served as a UCC missionary in South Africa. 

Larry Calbert: Larry is returning to the Board after a several year absence. He is the pastor of Rush Memorial 

UCC, Atlanta, and serves on the Committee on Ministry of the Georgia-South Carolina Association. 



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These gifted people who were elected replace the following people who have retired from the board having 

served their terms: Bette Grave Thomas, Paul Hiltman, John 

Gill, Elizabeth Clement, and Bob Watson. Welcome to all who join us, and thank you to all those who have 

retired! 



OCWM Continuing Testament, Extravagant Welcome, Changing Lives! 

Long ago, I was talking to the chair of a mission committee, who proudly said to me, "Our church gives to 
mission; we don't support bureaucracy, so we don't give to OCWM (Our Church's Wider Mission)." She was 
reflecting what I have experienced as a local church pastor sitting with a finance committee as it takes a long look 
at the annual budget, and the comment is made that, "Well, we can cut OCWM another $3,000, that won't hurt 
us." In both of those misperceptions, what is lost is that OCWM is not "just out there," OCWM is who we are. The 
Southeast Conference has called for churches to celebrate OCWM Sunday on September 18*^, to help us all 
understand that OCWM is about us not a "them" outside our walls. 

Link here for more information on OCWM and September 18 materials. 



SEC Clergy "Seize the Dinner" | Prior to Annual Meeting 

By Kathy Clark 




On the Friday prior to this year's Annual Meeting, clergy and their partners or 
spouses from throughout the Southeast Conference came together for an 
evening of fellowship, relationship building, and directed conversation over 
dinner. We came. We ate. We conversed. For the first time in several years, 
clergy from all over the Southeast Conference gathered for a fellowship event 
at the Carpe Diem Restaurant in Atlanta. Nearly 50 clergy and significant others 
seized this opportunity to share dinner and conversation with colleagues. The 
room was full, the food was good and fellowship was vibrant. 

Link here to read more about the event. 



United Church of Christ | Women's Southern Regional Meeting 

October 7-9, 201 1 | Blowing Rock, NC | Link to Register Early! 

Join other women from across the south for a faith inspired look towards wholeness. Meet friends from past 
regional meetings. Relax in the beautiful surroundings of the North Carolina mountains. Renew spirit, vitality and 
power. Link here to read additional information on the event. 



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